As actress Rhea Chakraborty arrived at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office in Mumbai hearing on Tuesday, what grabbed a lot of attention was her T-shirt. Also Read - #JusticeForRhea: Bollywood Stands in Solidarity to 'Smash The Patriarchy'
Chakraborty, who was arrested in connection with drugs-related allegations in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, was seen in a black tee with the quote: “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you.”
According to the dictionary, patriarchy is “a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line”.
Soon after, searches for the meaning of patriarchy instantly spiked on Google and sparked a debate on Twitter. Notably, the debate about patriarchy came into limelight, after a video of the actor being hounded by journalists went viral. Many pointed out how the media differently treats women as opposed to men and questioned the unfair treatment meted out to Rhea, on account of her being a woman.
However, many slammed the actress questioning how patriarchy has anything to do with the arrest and criticised her for bringing the issue of gender in the ongoing trial to gain sympathy.
There were also who supported Rhea and blamed India’s patriarchal notions for unfairly targeting a woman while calling her names like ‘Dayan’ and ‘gold digger’:
Notably, the 28-year-old actress was named as one of the prime accused in the CBI investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on June 14. During the questioning, she admitted to organizing drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput and even consuming them by herself at times.